The San Francisco 49ers are one of the best teams in the NFL this season, and that’s in large part thanks to their quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. Along with the team’s rock-solid defense, Garoppolo has been the team’s guiding force in his first full season as a starter. But what some may not realize is that the foundation for Garoppolo’s success sta...

Jimmy Garoppolo has had a great year for the San Francisco 49ers so far. Any time a new young quarterback emerges as a potential elite talent, it’s natural to compare him to quarterbacks from the past. There are two quarterbacks, in particular, Garoppolo may draw comparisons to: Joe Montana and Dan Marino. Why is that and what exactly do they all h...

Mamma Denise non voleva giocasse a football. Preferiva il soccer, il calcio. Almeno finchè lui e i suoi fratelli non fossero cresciuti un po’ per sopportare l’impatto con uno sport che, a qualsiasi età, non fa sconti. Papà Tony non aveva neppure il tempo di stargli appresso, impegnato com’era a sbarcare il lunario nell’America che tocca agli emigra...

NFL’s Adam Vinatieri, placekicker for football’s Indianapolis Colts, is quite the guy. First, Vinatieri is the oldest player (age 46) currently playing in the NFL. In pigskin land, this is old. Naturally, this gives folks pause to wonder if “he’s still got it.” And for a while, there was good reason to doubt. Vinatieri missed five of eight kicks...

Nick Buoniconti was so impressive during his life that even after his death he could bring national political foes into agreement. On Thursday, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ed Markey (D-MA) are scheduled to introduce a resolution honoring the life of the late Miami Dolphins and Boston Patriots li...

He is colorful. He is animated. He is candid. He is everything you would expect from the son of Italian immigrants raised in the Boston area, an in-your-face type of guy who will never hesitate speaking his mind and will do so in whatever colorful language the moment demands. This in a nutshell is Dave DeGuglielmo, the offensive line coach...

A standout nose tackle in high school and college, Ralph Serpico emerged as a pillar of the community he grew up in throughout his adulthood. From high school football star to Rose Bowl champion and beyond, Ralph “Babe” Serpico was a role model and force for good in his native Melrose Park. “You have a community of mostly working-class Italians, an...

Freshman Nick Romano probably is the only Idahoan who can say he began his Division I college football career with a Week 1 start at running back, in the presence of about 105,000 onlookers in the world’s third-largest sporting venue: Penn State’s Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. “Now you know what it’s like, the biggest stage possible,” said R...

Saturday September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113. This was supposed to be the last time Buddy would have to move for a while. At least, that’s what his dad had promised when they first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, a town still deeply rooting in its bewitching history. Buddy doesn’t ask for much: become t...

After thirty years of following the Arena Football League Giancarlo Rancati from Monza, Italy attended his first AFL game in Albany New York at ArenaBowl 32. Rancati witnessed the Capital Region's first championship in twenty years, standing on the field under the confetti after the Empire’s victory. “I believed that it would be great, but it was m...